Much of today was spent on the Mount of Olives. Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday from the east, from the Mount of Olives. He crossed the Kidron Valley and went to the Temple.
Included in our time on the Mount of Olives was a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane. Some of the olive trees there are said to be 2000 years old. We pictured the area Jesus shared time with his disciples, where he prayed for the cup to pass from him, and where he was arrested (John 18-19).
In a strange full circle kind of thing, we also went to Bethlehem. We visited the church built atop what is thought to be the cave where Jesus was born (Luke 2).
On the same day we considered the gift of his humble birth, we also reflected on the gift of Jesus’ humble sacrifice. God’s love is shown in the best and worst of life.